And yet another visor tinting

marinesniper

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Ok I had this kid who is doing a matter chief helmet, but his mom has no where to paint it or air brush the visor. So I told her I would figure some thing out. She said she loves in a apt. So she can't paint or anything like that. So I was watching you tube on gears and gearing, it hit me what about GRAPHITE POWDER so I gave it a try the picture of the blue visor has 2 rubbons of the powder and man I think a few times and it will get dark. The pictures below are of two blue visor one treated and one not. I think this could be a good alternative for those who can't paint because they might live in a apt. Or the fumes would be too great. This might work for them.
And by the thanks to ramenNOodl3 for the visors the kids loved when I opened the box they just think they are so cool.
 

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Interesting! So you can still see through it on one side, and it's reflective on the other (when installed on a helmet)? Do you plan to seal the graphite, or should it hold on (and not smudge) with enough friction and rubbing it in?
 
Interesting! So you can still see through it on one side, and it's reflective on the other (when installed on a helmet)? Do you plan to seal the graphite, or should it hold on (and not smudge) with enough friction and rubbing it in?
That's the beauty of this of you seal it it kind of bless but even if you manage to run it off you just have to run some more on the visors. I'm going to try some dealers and see how it comes out.
 
Yeah the vapor was what I was worried about but once you rub it on and then buff it off you don't smell it but your right that's why I have to play with dealers and see what happens I will post again on the results
 
Well guys and gals I took the blue visor out and sprayed it with clear coat. It did not effect the visor but did make it a little more chrome looking. So please my crappy phone will focus on what ever is closest so the picture looking out the visor is a little blurry for that reason. Other than that you can see really good out of it.
 

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Well guys and gals I took the blue visor out and sprayed it with clear coat. It did not effect the visor but did make it a little more chrome looking. So please my crappy phone will focus on what ever is closest so the picture looking out the visor is a little blurry for that reason. Other than that you can see really good out of it.
That looks beautiful, now I want to try
 
That looks beautiful, now I want to try
Like I said this works well for those who do not have spray equipment or the place to do the chroming. But yes I'm going to add more in a day or so but if you dye the visors whatever color you want the graphite powder goes with any color. Hey frosty put a picture on this thread if you do a visor. Matter of fact any one who does a visor this way please post a picture on this thread please and thank you
 
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Yeah the vapor was what I was worried about but once you rub it on and then buff it off you don't smell it but your right that's why I have to play with dealers and see what happens I will post again on the results
Did you apply graphite on the inside or outside of the visor? I imagine it wouldn't be so much of a concern if it was on the outside.

Also, what clear coat did you use?

This is quite an exciting method for places (cough cough Australia) who can't get a variety of spray chromes, if any. I'm curious to see how it looks with different base colours too!
 
I rubbed the powder on the inside and then sprayed the clear inside it was a rattle can of gloss clear from rust oleum but with the powder you have to spray a very light mist up high to keep the powder from running as soon as it sets you hit it with one good coat and your done you can buffer it as you like if you want.
 
Is there a particular graphite powder that you used? I'm getting ready to do a materials run to try this out

Edit: I see it now back at the top.
 
Okay I've done my tests and here are the results.

I started off with dying the two clear visors shown with some blue iDye Poly like in another tutorial and came out with a nice blue. I used 2 packs of IDye poly to get a deep color onto both.

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After that I did a dry brush on of the graphite powder onto the inside of each and gave them a light misting of some high gloss clear coat.

This is where I split how I finished them.

The first one (shown below) I stopped there after drying.

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For this one the visibility came out great (pictures don't do it justice) though the color did end up becoming much darker.

The second visor, after letting it dry, I rubbed on a second layer of powder and I could immediately tell it was too much. While the effect on the outside of the visor came out very nice the visibility was almost completely gone by this point.

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I did try to remove some of the extra powder with a damp paper towel but to very little success.

one extra bit to note is with the one layer of powder, you can see through the side of the visor (as shown in the first set) under the right lighting. However straight on and in most lighting its unlikely anyone would be able to see your face through it. In the end this is a great fast and easy way to get a visor with some great visibility with low effort. Ill even be using the good visor from this test as the new visor for the helmet shown.

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